The sport of table football was invented by whom? Why an English football fan of course! His name was Harold Thorton, and avid fan of a professional English football team called the Spurs back in the last 1800s. He wanted to bring the thrill of the game home, where it could be played at any time, even in the off season. With a box of matches as inspiration, he began to formulate the beginnings of what Table Football, or “Foosball” as it is commonly referred to today. He was able to get this invention idea patented in England in the latter part of 1923.

When his uncle came to visit he liked to idea so much that he decided to try to develop the concept farther. There are many different variations of the first designs, and the concept of table football started a craze for other kinds of table sports, like air hockey, and table tennis.

The game is pretty simple. You have a table with a raised edge all the way around. Eight poles go across the width of this edge with rows of foosball players on them.  Each side has four rows of men. There are many variations of how many men are placed along the rows, standard is 1, 2, 3, and five respectively.

Two to four players stand on each side and control the men to try to get the ball in the other’s goal. It is a highly competitive and fun sport to play. In fact it has become so competitive that the International Table Soccer Federation was formed to create standard rules and regulations, and it is being considered by the International Olympic Committee is considering it. Foosball and its many variations can be easily found in many bars and pubs around the world as well as other gaming centers.

If you are thinking about adding this exciting game to your entertainment collection, there are some things to consider first. One of them is space. Once you decide on what you feel is the right size, you should add at least a foot extra around the table for players, and the unpredictable nature of the game. You will also want to keep the table away from any breakable objects.

The other thing to consider is who will be using it. If you are buying it for your family, you may be able to get away with a cheaper model.

How to choose foosball table?

1. Review the materials: 

The type of materials that a manufacturer uses to produce a football table will have an enormous impact on the model’s overall quality. Yes, cheaper materials will reduce the cost of the table unit. But arguably the compromise in quality isn’t worthwhile. Which materials are best when examining the various components of a football table? The frame of the table should be wood or metal. Avoid particle board, as it’s quite flimsy. The rods should ideally be steel. Aluminum is another option, though it’s significantly less sturdy than steel is.

3. Check the players’ weight and shape: 

These are crucial factors to consider when comparing different models. Players with the proper weight and shape will be higher quality pieces. And that will translate into passes and shots on goal that are more precise. Unfortunately, many shoppers only consider superficial features of the players, such as their uniforms. However, the players’ shape and weight are more important in terms of influencing the overall quality of the table.

4. Examine the craftsmanship: 

This is the critical variable to to consider when choosing among the various football tables available. Today, manufacturing products as cheaply as possible is often the name of the game. Can that save manufacturers a ton of money? Yes, but it can also cause shoppers to buy models with inferior craftsmanship. And ultimately that means that the games table has an extremely short life. Before spending your hard-earned money on a particular model, examine its craftsmanship carefully. If the craftsmanship is shoddy, then you’ll likely have to perform many repairs. You might even need to replace the table soon after purchasing it.

When shopping for football tables, you’ll likely prefer high quality over low quality. These above tips will help you to choose a table that’s worth its weight in gold-even when it’s made of wood!